Peterborough children’s home for the disabled praised by inspectors

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A children’s home for young people with disabilities in Peterborough has received a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted inspectors.

Cherry Lodge, based in Clayton, Orton Goldhay, was praised by Ofsted for the standard of care provided at the Peterborough City Council-run home.

The regulating body did though highlight a few improvements which could and should be made.

The home provides residential care for up to eight young people with sensory impairment, learning disabilities or physical disabilities.

It has received a ‘good’ rating now in its last three full and interim reports since it was rated as making ‘inadequate progress’ in January 2013.

Following the latest inspection on October 28, Ofsted inspectors reported that: “Children and young people make good progress in all areas of their lives and this is due to the good quality and well-planned individualised care the staff provide during their short-break stays.”

The outcomes for children and young people, quality of care and leadership and management were all described as ‘good’ by inspectors.

However, keeping children and young people safe was recorded as being ‘adequate.’

In the report, inspectors said children “thrive” in the home and feel secure away from their family.

It was added that the young people grow in confidence and develop skills to prepare them for adult life.

The home was given three weeks by inspectors to ensure that within 24 hours of the use of a measure of control, restraint or discipline in the children’s home, a written record is made in the right place.

Further recommendations were to ensure that the home’s missing procedures are compatible with the correct protocols and ensure risk assessments of the whole children’s home environment are carried out and recorded in writing.

In addition, it was recommended that the home make sure each child has practised the emergency escape plan.

The report added that: “The shortfalls identified as a result of this inspection have not impacted negatively

on the safety or well-being of children or young people.”

Wendi Ogle-Welbourn, director for communities at the council, said: “We are rightly proud of the care and support we offer children and young people in Peterborough.

“Cherry Lodge has a proven track record of providing excellent care for children who stay there and the wide range of support services also on offer.

“I am pleased Ofsted has recognised the important contribution this home makes to both children and their carers.”